County Transportation Workshop IN WORKS: The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce invites area business representatives and residents to attend the Transportation Task Force Public Workshop from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bayside High School, 14405 49th St. N, Clearwater. The task force, composed of 25 residents and elected officials, is presenting the program to get public input on ways to meet the county's future transportation needs. It will provide the opportunity to share ideas on how to improve existing transportation systems and speak one-on-one with representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority and Metropolitan Planning Organization. Members of the task force are working with area planning and transit agencies to formulate practical and fiscally sound recommendations. For information, call (727) 464-8200 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/ttf.
LEARN ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA: The chamber will hold a two-session "Business Success through Social Media" workshop series this summer. The first, a beginner's course, will take place July 28, with an intermediate 201 course to follow Aug. 25. Both sessions will run from 7:45 to 9 a.m. at the chamber, 151 Third St. NW, Largo. Presented by CEA Marketing Group of Clearwater, the programs will educate and demonstrate the strategies and objectives with utilizing social media in today's business climate. In addition to an overview of social media, it will provide hands-on demonstrations on social media sites including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. "Thousands of businesses are using social media to make new connections, to find new clients, employment and to keep current," says Tom Morrissette, chamber president. "To be successful in these times, utilizing these sales and marketing tools is essential." Cost is $30 per session for chamber members and $50 to attend both sessions. Nonmembers are $40 a session. To register, contact the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail email@example.com.
BOWLING FOR CONTACTS: The chamber will hold its sixth annual Shake, Rattle & Bowl on July 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Liberty Bowling Lanes, 11401 Starkey Road, Largo. This business networking event will feature bowling, summertime picnic treats and a variety of great prizes. Cost is $200 to sponsor a lane, which includes a team of four to five bowlers, company name advertised on lane, food and beverages, name and logo on commemorative program and contests. Basic team registration is $125 for a team of four to five players, food and contests. Space is limited to 16 teams. To register, or for more information, call the chamber at (727) 584-2321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAP INTO EXPERIENCE: The chamber hosts business counseling services provided by SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) at it offices by appointment every first and third Thursday monthly. SCORE counselors represent working and retired business executives who volunteer their experience providing assistance for people looking to start a business and for owners/managers of existing businesses. There is no cost. Counseling appointments can be made only by calling (727) 584-2321.